About farbspiel photography

Welcome to  farbspiel photography: Home of the HDR Cookbook – Primary Resource for HDR Photographers

Portrait of Klaus Herrmann - Photographer, Author and Instructor - farbspiel-photo.comAbout Me

My name is Klaus Herrmann. I am a photographer, author, instructor and creator of the HDR Cookbook. On this website, you get access to my work and a variety of resources covering the photographic techniques I use. These techniques include HDR (High Dynamic Range) imaging, as well as panorama and vertorama photography.

I am from Germany, and my background is in science and education. I hold a PhD in computer science, and I have worked in research and teaching at different universities for 14 years, authoring over 70 scientific publications. I have also been a triathlete and a musician for many years. All of this influences my approach to photography in which I combine my creativity and artistic vision with a methodological scientific approach and quite some endurance. I love digging beneath the surface in photography and elsewhere in life, and I enjoy teaching and explaining complex stuff in a way that makes it accessible and applicable for a wider public.

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The whole  farbspiel-photo.com site is driven by a blog. If you would like to receive timely updates of any new information I publish (photos, recipes, etc.) feel free to subscribe using the form that you find on the upper right on every page. You will get a free eBook, monthly newsletter and more. Check out the 5 reasons for subscribing.

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Over months and years, many visitors have left comments expressing how they feel about this website and its contents. Some of them have become subscribers and frequent visitors. Check out what they have to say.

What Does farbspiel Stand For?

farbspiel is a brand I developed to offer the material you find here. It is also a pseudonym under which you can find me and my work at different sites all over the Internet. Go ahead and search for “farbspiel” on Google.

‘farbspiel’ is a German word consisting of two parts ‘farb’ (‘Farbe’ means ‘color’) and ‘spiel’ (‘Spiel’ means ‘game’ or ‘play’). So you could translate it to ‘plays with colors’. I guess that would be my indian name if I had one. Of course, in the English language ‘spiel’ also means ‘chatter’. So, you could also translate the name to ‘chats about colors’ which would also be true.

Now you probably understand how profoundly meaningful this name is. ;-)

How to Begin Your Journey with Me

There are numerous ways of discovering all the resources that farbspiel-photo.com provides to you. The best and most intuitive way is surely to start from the galleries. Browse through the photos and stop at those images that you like best. Take a look at the behind-the-scenes information on the individual photo pages, and follow the links to diverse educational resources that come with every photo.

Have fun!

26 replies
  1. Sab
    Sab says:


    I really like your selection of tools and your method to do hdr. thank you so much for the website, this is very nice of you, keep it coming please!


  2. Tido von Wedel
    Tido von Wedel says:

    Sehr geehrter Herr Herrmann,

    von Ihren Fotografien bin ich absolut begeistert, besonders das vom Neuen Palais in Potsdam gefällt mir sehr. Wäre es möglich davon einen Druck zu bekommen? Das würde mich sehr freuen.

    Beste Grüße aus München, Tido von Wedel

    • farbspiel
      farbspiel says:

      Hallo Herr von Wedel,

      welches Bild meinen Sie denn genau? Ich glaube, das Palais in Potsdam habe ich gar nicht fotografiert.

      Ich bin dabei, meine Bilder auch in gedruckter Form über das Internet anzubieten. Ich würde Sie einfach um ein wenig Gedulg bitten.

      Freundliche Grüße

  3. Chris Budny
    Chris Budny says:

    Thank you again for this wealth of information! Very generous of you to share it with us–it definitely has perked up my interest to revisit both HDR’s and pano’s.

  4. Achille Marthaler
    Achille Marthaler says:

    Hi Klaus !
    Your new website is really cool, very simple and nice to visit. I understand why you didn’t post a lot these times. Anyway, I’m always looking forward to your work !

    Have a nice 2011 ending !

    • farbspiel
      farbspiel says:

      I am doing great, David! Thanks!

      Thanks for stopping by. I hope you will find some inspiration and helpful tips!

    ĐURO MARIČIĆ says:

    My big problem is that I speak little English and Russian. This is why I serve with e-mail and the Google translator.

    I taught German pred50 years and I forgot it completely gotopvo because I have not used it.

    So if you want me we can communicate only through e-mail address. I’m sorry!

    I wish you much success and happiness.

    Best regards

  6. Mª José
    Mª José says:

    Hola Klaus soy una seguidora tuya,me gusta mucho tus fotografías y te sigo a diario,pero hay una cosa que te quería preguntar.
    En los vídeos que pones sobre el procesado de las fotos los veo muy deprisa y me pregunto si hay alguna manera de verlos a su velocidad normal ya que me pierdo pues no manejo muy bien el photoshop.
    Te doy las gracias anticipadas y un saludo amigo.

    • farbspiel
      farbspiel says:

      Hi José,

      thanks for the feedback! So your questions is: “Are my Making-of videos available in normal speed?”

      I am afraid they’re not. Let me explain: The videos are actually recorded as time-lapse movies: A screen capture is taken every 300 milliseconds. Recording a full 24 frame HD movie over the hours of post-processing is not feasible.

      Having said that, however, there will be more normal-speed videos explaining the workflow in the future. So, please stay tuned.


  7. Neil
    Neil says:

    Hi Klaus, just wanted to say your cookbook for me was a fantastic buy. Always keen to learn new ways to polish my own HDR images I was blown away by the depth of knowledge in this ebook. I do have one main concern, I now feel I have to reprocess a lot of my images to bring them up to the high level of finish your technique delivers, just as well it’s Christmas and I can hide in the office.

    Best regards – Neil

    PS will you be updating at any point to show the techniques in Adobe CC, camera RAW processing now gives you the ability to tone map as a smart object right from the RAW processor – saves you a little time which I love – thanks again.


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